International football is a tax on Celtic


Steve Clarke made the right call to leave Leigh Griffiths out of his Scotland squad for the right reasons, saying, “I feel we should just give him a little bit more time to settle into the role again at Celtic…a fully fit, firing, sharp Leigh Griffiths will always be good for us.”  It is difficult to get a quiet period of normality when you are a high profile football player, but that’s what Leigh needs, while simultaneously getting back to what he does as a top football player.

International football is a tax on Celtic, as more of our players feature in full or youth squads than our direct competitors, most of whom get international fortnights off.  It’s a pity Callum McGregor and James Forrest are not also rested.


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  1. Stan Collymore aims jibe at Rangers after Billy Boys episode of Peaky Blinders


    By Mark Hendry @mhendry92


    Stan Collymore aims jibe at Rangers after Billy Boys episode of Peaky Blinders


    Stan Collymore aims jibe at Rangers after Billy Boys episode of Peaky Blinders






    Former Liverpool striker Stan Collymore has aimed a dig at Rangers after last night’s Billy Boys episode of Peaky Blinders.



    BBC One’s popular drama welcomed the Shelby family’s newest foes to Birmingham from Glasgow.



    Controversial razor gang The Billy Boys were introduced with their song which includes the lyrics “We’re up to our knees in Fenian blood”, and Collymore took a pop at Gers – claiming he heard fans sing the same song against St Mirren on Sunday.



    Scotland boss hopes Rangers’ UEFA punishment helps stamp out sectarian abuse in Scotland




    Posting a tweet, Collymore said: “Billy Boys being sung on Peaky Blinders from circa 1930.



    “Haven’t heard it sung since at least…



    “Yesterday at St Mirren,” with a laughing-face emoji.




    Stan Collymore





    Billy Boys being sung on Peaky Blinders from circa 1930.



    Haven’t heard it sung since at least…



    Yesterday at St Mirren. 😂





    10:12 PM – Aug 26, 2019


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    His post racked up thousands of likes and shares with plenty of people ready to give their opinions.



    One slammed: “Except it wasn’t. Bore off.”



    Another blasted back: “Bulls***.”



    One wrote: “Obsessed with Rangers”.



    Rangers fans warned after sectarian singing during Pavillion show



    A fourth replied: “Good to know you’re still watching.”



    Collymore’s comments come less than a week after Rangers were sanctioned by UEFA and told they’ll have to close a section of Ibrox for this week’s Legia Warsaw clash in the Europa League.



    Meanwhile, on Peaky Blinders, fans were lift cringing at the Glasgow accent portrayed by Irish actor Brian Gleeson.

  2. interesting that Rosenborg have 2 Nigerian 23 yo wingers, 1 who scored their goal. Both look fast, neat and technically sound. Either the scouting system or the Norwegian work permit situation has got them to Rosenborg

  3. glendalystonsils on

    SAINT STIVS on 27TH AUGUST 2019 8:27 PM



    Meanwhile, on Peaky Blinders, fans were lift cringing at the Glasgow accent portrayed by Irish actor Brian Gleeson.





    This episode contains accents which some viewers may find disturbing.

  4. Ye are all mad, if you think that Meling will stay at Rosenborg to get pumped in the big ears cup instead of doubling, at least, his wages to play for Celtic, ye really need to open your eyes.


    The spin is working, most of you are falling for it.

  5. I’ve been keeping a close eye on Meling. I wouldn’t say he’s having a blinder, but he has been pretty solid, making several timely interceptions. Although diminutive, he is quick and is staying very close to his man. His passing has also been accurate.


    It is hard to tell how this game will go. Rosenborg are pressing, but Zagreb look dangerous on the break.



  6. HT Rosenborg 1 – 0 Dinamo Zagreb (agg 1 – 2)


    Rosenborg very unlucky with free kick in 44 which smacked off front of post and back out into play. Pretty much one way traffic apart from the odd Dinamo breakaway. Meling has been excellent.

  7. Has anyone seen that Hamilton Tim recently……………………………




  8. Man to sue son of Rangers’ Ally McCoist who knocked him down


    By Evening Times Online


    Man to sue son of Rangers’ Ally McCoist who knocked him down




    Man to sue son of Rangers’ Ally McCoist who knocked him down






    A PEDESTRIAN who was run over and badly injured by Rangers legend Ally McCoist’s son is now suing him for £500,000 at Scotland’s highest civil court.



    Stephan Murdoch,23, has began proceedings against Argyll McCoist,21, at the Court of Session in Edinburgh.



    Mr Murdoch, of Bishopton, Renfrewshire, was left seriously injured after Mr McCoist’s uninsured sports car struck him at a crossing in his home town on December 3, 2016.



    Paisley Sheriff Court heard how McCoist, of Houston, Renfrewshire, raced through a red light before driving off in his £20,000 Audi 1 S Line TDI.




    Mr Murdoch suffered a fractured skull and a brain injury following the incident. He also spent a week in hospital and had to use crutches for six months after the collision.



    Now lawyers acting for Mr Murdoch have gone to the Court of Session in a bid to win compensation from McCoist.



    Following a short procedural hearing at the Court of Session on Tuesday, judge Lord Bannatyne made an interim award to Mr Murdoch of £5,000.



    In September 2018, McCoist pleaded guilty at Paisley Sheriff Court to a charge of driving without insurance and causing serious injury by driving dangerously.




    Sheriff Colin Pettigrew sentenced McCoist to 280 hours unpaid work and he was also electronically tagged on a restriction of liberty order for six months.



    Sheriff Pettigrew also banned him from driving for three and a half years.



    READ MORE: Son of Rangers legend Ally McCoist sentenced for high-speed hit and run



    Evening Times:



    Stephan Murdoch



    Passing sentence, Sheriff Pettigrew said: “I am satisfied that you are genuinely remorseful, bitterly regretting the manner of your driving, which, while neither planned nor premeditated was undoubtedly reckless and immature.”



    The court heard that McCoist had been speeding through Bishopton when he struck Mr Murdoch at around 9.30pm.



    Depute procurator fiscal Pamela Brady said Mr Murdoch spent sometime in hospital following the collision.




    McCoist sat in the dock and cried whilst Ms Brady said: “He advises he does not go out as much as he used to.



    “He becomes particularly anxious when he has to cross a road.



    “He has also developed problems with sleep and becomes sick and nauseous when he lies down – this results in him becoming agitated.



    “He has had to attend his GP regarding issues with sleep, anxiety, depression and pain.”



    Evening Times:



    According to papers lodged in the Court of Session, lawyers acting for Mr Murdoch claim he suffers psychological and physical health problems as a consequence of the collision.



    The sum being sued for covers loss of past and future earnings, the cost of medical treatment and the loss of pension benefits.



    The sum being sued for also covers the costs of “a dietician and a personal trainer.”



    The case called before Lord Bannatyne on Tuesday during a short hearing in which the judge agreed to interim damages of £5,000.



    A full hearing in the case is expected to take place in January 2020.

  9. Red Star score, we sign a left back; Rosenborg score, we don’t.



    Surely that’s not where we are. Surely.

  10. glendalystonsils on

    Next season , when the new three tier European competitions commence , we will be mainly looking at signing dropouts from the Europa league-))

  11. Most reports have been saying that we have ended our interest in Melling regardless of today’s result.


    Bankiebhoy, Haven’t seen HT but I know he will be one of the 750 hardy souls backing the Hoops at the Zoo net Sunday.

  12. From @jaggytooth



    Magic how Celtic have conned everyone into paying for the next season’s season tickets before the old one has finished, under the pretext of allowing them to get the business done early….


    Then every year they’re still scrambling about short of players when the window closes 👌

  13. Thanks Corkcelt………………….



    I thought I hadn’t seen the bhoy on This Dear Green Place lately – I’m sure he’ll be at the game along with the faithful givin’ it laldy!






    Next season , when the new three tier European competitions commence , we will be mainly looking at signing dropouts from the Europa league-))


    The new EUFA competition begins in 2021 – 2024 cycle and I hope the suggested club ‘legacy’ rating becomes a major part in ‘seeding’ ensuring we are at least in the ‘Europa League’ category if not higher

  15. Bankiebhoy


    I saw him at CQN Corner before the Hearts` game. He was in fine fettle.




  16. I think if disaster struck on thursday it would be difficult not to get caught up in the impending onslaught of anger towards to powers at Celtic Park.


    However assuming the really bad result this week is Sunday I really think we need to be very careful before calling a crisis.


    No matter what happens at Ibrox on sunday there will only be at most 3pts between ourselves and our closest challengers this season.


    Nothing gets decided on sunday no matter how important all these derby games are.


    It is important Celtic fans stand together win/lose or draw just like we always used to.


    If we beat them on Sunday they will not be calling for the managers head.


    If they beat us…


    We have to stick together and not let the SMSM fan the flames after one game.

  17. glendalystonsils on




    Cheers. my post was a bit tongue in cheek referencing the Meling signing or not signing ,but yes , we must never stop believing that we belong in the top competition .

  18. CELTIC40ME on 27TH AUGUST 2019 5:50 PM


    TIMALOY29 on 27TH AUGUST 2019 5:32 PM







    I’d be very surprised if anyone chose to come to Celtic over an EPL team. Promoted teams spend £100m in transfer fees in one window, they can identify and sign players far easier than we can because of the lure of the Prem and the money they can pay in transfer fees and wages.






    How did the huns get a scout from Southampton?

  19. Commentator on BT Sport banging on about Meling being a good player and how we’ve been chasing him , nut if they get through tonight, unlikely to join us.


    Has he been reading CQN ?



    Well just as I write this against the run of play 1-1 with a worldie from 25 yards probably puts Rosenborg out. …..

  20. Bankiebhoy


    You are welcome.


    ….and it is a goodnight from me. Goodnight all.



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